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Airports Commission to hold public sessions

The Airports Commission is to hold public sessions next month as part of its research to establish whether the UK needs more hub airport capacity.

The sessions, which be presided over by the commission’s chairman Sir Howard Davies (pictured), will be held in Manchester on July 9 and in London on July 10.

The commission has invited witnesses to give their views on the “nature, scale and timing of the UK’s aviation needs” but the sessions will not discuss potential locations for new aviation capacity, such as expanding Heathrow or projects such as ‘Boris Island’ in the Thames estuary.

The two sessions will also allow “stakeholders” to make comments from the public gallery.

The Airports Commission plans to hold further public evidence sessions in 2014 if its interim report, which is due to be published by the end of 2013, finds that more aviation capacity is needed in the UK.

The Manchester session takes place at Manchester Town Hall from 09.15 to 13.15 on July 9, while the London event will be held at Church House in Dean’s Yard, Westminster, from 10.00 to 14.00 on July 10.

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